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Grateful Dead Live at Olympiahalle on 1974-09-14




Disc #1 65:20:

Set One, part one

Bertha
Me And My Uncle
Deal
Jack Straw
Scarlet Begonias
Promised Land
Loser
El Paso
Row Jimmy


Disc #2 69:55:

Set One, part two

Weather Report Suite Prelude >
Weather Report Suite Part 1 >
Let It Grow
Tennessee Jed
Around And Around

Interlude::

Seastones (Phil & Ned)

Set Two, part one

Big River
Sugaree
Mexicali Blues


Disc #3 79:53

Set Two, part two

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo
It Must Have Been The Roses
Truckin' >
Mind Left Body jam >
Wharf Rat >
Sugar Magnolia

Encore

Eyes Of The World >
One More Saturday Night
U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Olympiahalle
Location Munich, West Germany

Source MAR > CD
Taped by Gerhard Schinzel
Transferred by Uli Teute and David Greenberg

Notes

3 CDs: MAR > CD. This audience tape was mastered by Gerhard Schinzel from
mid-floor using a Philips mic and a Telefunken reel deck. The reel masters
were transferred to CD by Uli Teute and were re-mastered by Dave Greenberg.
The beginning of the reel containng WRS is now damaged and unplayable. This
portion -- the first 1:20 or so of WRS -- is supplied from a safety
cassette (MAR > C > CD). Uli Teute did this patch. SHN conversion by Jay
Gerland (who thanks Jason Chastain).

Dave Greenberg says that this master has "NO low end". That isn't really
true, however. With an equalizer or the Loudness button on your amp or
pre-amp or both, Phil can be made quite decently audible. Other than that,
this is quite a decent AUD master, which is a good thing since it seems to
be the only one in existance and certainly the only tape circulating.

Reviews

Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - June 30, 2011
Subject: Europe not a highlight of '74
I very much enjoyed this Eyes you recommended CH, and i don't think the Truckin'>MLB, though definitely a bit half-hearted, is all that bad(starts off pretty shaky, ends pretty good). The Let It Grow, while certainly not the best of '74 or even the tour, I think has some very nice playing from Garcia. But aside from a few other decent moments, there is little else to say about this one; it's Euro '74 after all...
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - - February 16, 2011
Subject: Five stars for this?
You must be joking...

Historically the band has played tight, focused shows of high intensity in Germany. Not this one! The quality of this performance is clearly well below the previous two shows in London, both in intensity and particularly in execution. Keiths keyboard play is noticably off, and during the first set the band appears to be just going through the motions. I find this music rather difficult to listen to. Both Scarlet Begonias and the WRS are poorly played. The second set is no better. Truckin' sounds just aweful, even the outro jam is disapointing. And while the band tries to pull things together for a Mind Left Body Jam, it's a half-hearted attempt that never really gets off the ground. The band must have been cognicent of how poorly they were playing. Valiantly they regroup for a triple encore; the 14 minute high-energy performance of Eyes of the World is an improvement, as is a very good U.S. Blues, but it's not enough to save this stinker! (87 pts)
Reviewer: grateful phishmon - - October 27, 2010
Subject: This recording rocks!
I was previously known as gphishmon. I had to reregister under a new name, because I forgot my password, and no longer have the email address I used to set up the initial account.

I'd say 4 1/2 stars for this show. I decided on 5 due to the quality of the audience recording. It's extremely rare to find such an old aud that's even listenable, let alone sounds as clear as this one. Hearing this, I realize a couple of things: 1) Bob actually made significant contributions on rhythm guitar that don't get heard in many 73-74 soundboards and 2) Jerry's guitar had far more brightness and lilt than I had associated with this period due to my having heard mostly boards. It actually sounds very much the same as in 76.

Highlights of the first set are an exceptional Deal for 74 (that's one song that expanded in the 80's), one of the best stand-alone Scarlets (I love the drawn-out ending), and a solid WRS (again, check out the ending). Jerry shines throughout.

I'm totally not into the Phil & Ned part of the show. The anchor jam out of Truckin' is where it's at for me. Phish fans will know what I mean by "Type 2" jamming. There seems to be a brief attempt at a Philo stomp, followed by a definitive Mind Left Body jam that segues beautifully into Wharf Rat. The cut in Sugar Mag is a nasty flaw. How sweet it is, though, to get an Eyes encore.

This is where we need more differentiation than the 5 star system. If you figure 1 star represents Highgate 95, and 5 stars 11/11/73, there are still a lot of levels in between. I couldn't possibly put this show in the category of 11/11/73, but it's a darn sight better than just about anything from the mid-80's. Maybe not for the whole show, but almost none of the shows from that period had anything close to the Truckin' jam.
Reviewer: snow_and_rain - - August 24, 2010
Subject: OlympiaHALLE
This audience recording captures the energy and beauty of the Truckin> MLB> Wharf Rat very well. Triple encore? Woah. Underrated show.
Reviewer: gphishmon - - January 13, 2010
Subject: This is excellent sound for a 74 Aud
And you can actually here Bobby a little bit, which you can't with the soundboards. Definitely turn up the bass. I'll rate this one once I've had a chance to listen to the whole thing. So far, Jerry's play sounds wonderful, but I'm only up through Jack Straw.
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